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Three-drawer Filing Cabinet Wood Veneered Lockable Name Card Insert Cup Handles
Three-drawer Filing Cabinet Wood Veneered Lockable Name Card Insert Cup Handles

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Blood Sweat and Tears (lliterally), 29 July 2015
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I purchased this as a replacement for my two drawer cabinet which is now (over) full. Three drawer cabinets are surprisingly hard to find, and as I wanted this for home, rather than the office, it needed to look good as a piece of furniture, and not be too deep. This excluded most of the other 3 drawer cabinets I found. The first one which arrived had been badly damaged during transit, but replacement was easy. Customer services responded to my complaint within the hour, and collection and redelivery arranged without hastle.
The replacement arrived as advised and all seemed well - that is untill I came to assemble it! The blurb boasts that it is 'no tool' assembly. This is true; the early stages of assembly simply require the various pieces to be slotted together. However, when it comes to fixing the top in position, there are four movable rectangular tabs which fit into four corresponding holes in the sides. You then have to swivel four plastic levers which lock them tightly into position. All good in theory, except that the tabs and holes had been so inacurately positioned that two of them were imposible to lock. Even after shaving a piece off the hardboard back board they still did not fit, and repeated attempts only acted to enlarge the holes, so that tightening became impossible. Giving up on the top, I decided to construct the drawers. To my dismay I found that there are six more of these tabs and holes per drawer. With help from my wife we eventually managed it. About two of the levers moved into position with no resistance, which is how I asume they are suposed to work. Of the remaining 16 or so, most were too tight to move by hand, and needed the use of a flat piece of metal to budge them. One man could not have constructed these, as it needed one person to hold the two sides together while the other one forced the lever into position. Returning to the top of the cabinet, the only option now was to glue it in position, and to screw on a metal bracket for good measure. This seems to have worked, though how it will cope with a planned house move later on remains to be seen.
The 'no tools' assembly system seems good in theory, but in practice it was a nightmare. I have assembled similar, and more complicated items many times in the past. Some are tricky, some are easy. This one was a nightmare! Certainly the most difficult, frustrating piece of self assembly I have ever encountered, and all due to poor quality control resulting in imprecise positioning of the securing system components.
The method of tightening is not shown in the instruction booklet, though fairly obvious. The blurb does not mention what size files the cabinet takes. The dimentions are silimar to my old foolscap cabinet, so I took a risk that they would fit. It turns out to be A4, so I have to replace them. Ok, most needed replacing anyway so its no problem, but the manufacturers really should have put this in the item description.
Having finished assembly of the unit, I must admit it looks good, which is why I've given it three stars, rather than lower.


My Way (2005 Digital Remaster)
My Way (2005 Digital Remaster)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Shadows vocal track, 4 May 2015
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Great Shadows vocal track, originally from the film and album 'Finders Keepers', which is probably the only place you'll find it on CD. Although also included on 'The Shadows On Stage And Screen' EP, this was inexplicably omitted from the 3 volume See For Miles 'EP Collection'. In fact I know of just two vinyl compilations which included it, neither of which have been reissued in CD format. The Shadows had some sucess at this time with vocals, of note 'Don't Make My Baby Blue,' and I have no doubt that had 'My Way' been issued as a single, it would have charted. This was by far the best Shadows track in the film, but was probably overlooked for release in favour of Cliff's 'Time Drags by' - another great track from the film, and one which coincidentally also features The Shadows prominantly on vocals. (BTW, this has nothing to do with the Frank Sinatra song of the same title!) My only warning, is that it is unwise to listen to the song late at night, as it gets into your brain and keeps you awake!


Original Album Series
Original Album Series
Price: £9.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great albums, but not for the short sightled!, 1 May 2015
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This review is from: Original Album Series (Audio CD)
The Shadows' first five albums for less than the price of one - who can complain? 'The Shadows', and 'Out of The shadows' are both classic albums, containing such concert favourites as ' Nivram', 'Shadoogie' and 'Little B'. ' Dance With the Shadows' was a little different. Along side their original compositions they highlighted such swing era classics as 'In The Mood, Zambesi' and 'Chattanooga Choo Choo'; perhaps a brave decision at the time, but the album has been highly sought after because of the these tracks. 'The Sound Of The Shadows' is more easy listening, with a strong latin flavour to many of the tunes, but on 'Shadow Music' they were well back on form, experimenting with new directions.
The five albums fit into the space of just over one jewel case, which is a great advantage when storage space is at a premium. My one criticism is that the writing on the original album sleeves is extremely difficult to read. This is quite unneccesary; the sleeves have been reproduced with a 3mm border, and if only the designers had dispensed with this border, and maybe a millimetre or two of the white space of the original cover, legibility would have increased greatly. If I was alowed to do so I would take half a star off for this.


7dayshop Portable High Resolution 35mm Film & Slide Scanner. Colour LCD Screen and 8GB SD Card - Use for your old Kodak, Fuji, Agfa, Konica, Ilford Colour Negative, Black & White and Colour Slide Films!
7dayshop Portable High Resolution 35mm Film & Slide Scanner. Colour LCD Screen and 8GB SD Card - Use for your old Kodak, Fuji, Agfa, Konica, Ilford Colour Negative, Black & White and Colour Slide Films!

4.0 out of 5 stars Does the job, 24 Feb. 2015
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Does the job at a good price. I've found that the colours are not entirely consistent, even at the same exposure level, so it is is sometimes worth rescanning to see if it improves. For very light or very dark slides/negatives it is possible to alter the exposure level, but again, this is a matter of trial and error, as there is no preview available. The slide holders are fiddly to open, till you get the hang of them. A lot of people have complained about the instructions being incomprehensible. This was not the case with my purchase. At one point they are incorrect and misleading however, though the correct instructions are given on an additional single sheet titled 'Quickly & easy use instructions'. It would have saved time if they'd just titled it 'Corrections to the printed instructions', as I had to guess which set of instructions were correct.


The Unknown Soldier
The Unknown Soldier
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lost age of inocence, 11 Nov. 2014
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This review is from: The Unknown Soldier (Audio CD)
This is a four track EP to commemorate the start of WW1, and issued for remebrance day. The fist two songs will be familiar to most of Ralph's fans, but have been beautifully reworked for this issue. The Lamplighter (AKA England 1914, but not to be confused with another of Ralph's songs, simply titled England), is set on the evening of 28th June 1914, the day that Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated. Regarded as one of Ralph's most poetic pieces, it evokes immages of England on that fatefull day when the world would change forever. Maginot Waltze tells the story of a day trip to Brighton, and the optimism of two lads about to leave for war, but believing it will all be over by Christmas. Of the two new songs, Canopus will be familiar to some as it was played on his recent concert tour. It tells the story of a Cornish narrow guage steam train, originally used for transporting clay, but requisitioned to transport men accross France. The picture here is that man, created by God from clay, is transported into the battlefields and ultimately, for many, to their deaths and buriels in the clay from which they were formed. The final song, which is the longest, tells the story of The Unknown Soldier, selected at random, and ceremoniously buried in Westminster Abbey among Kings. The subject matter dictates that this was never going to be a chearful album, though Maginot Waltz is chearful and optimistic in its own way, though with hindsight we know that the final optimism of a quick return from war was misplaced. Both The Lamplighter and Canopus hark back to an age of inocence long gone. The lyrics of The Unknown Soldier, partly spoken, partly sung are shear poetry, and extremely moving. This may not be an album you want to put on too often, but if you like Ralph's style, and you have any interest in the subject matter it is one you will want to own.


Listen to the Shadows
Listen to the Shadows
Offered by Media Vortex
Price: £14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Shads at their best, 18 July 2014
This review is from: Listen to the Shadows (Audio CD)
Issued by EMI after they had left them for Polydor, this compilation album by the Shadows covers the three studio albums made during the Marvin/Welch/Farrar/Bennett era, that is Rockin' With Curley Leads, Specs Appeal and Tasty. Thrown in for good measure are three very untipical singles, and a rarely heard b side.(Although John Farrar played on half of the album Tasty, none of those tracks are here. Having altready recorded a complete album, the Shadows were selected to represent Britain in the Eurovision song contest, and to record the six uk songs considered for release. These vocal tracks, together with the original instrumentals already recorded became the album Specs Appeal. The remaining tracks were put on their next album, Tasty, by which time John Farrar had left the band. Thus the reason he was only on half of the tracks.)
The Song selected for Eurovision was Let Me Be The One, which, wisely in my opinion, is not on this album. However, the follow up single, Run Billy Run, by the same composer, is, and is probably the weekest track on the album, but a rarety all the same. Two other very unshadowlike vocals are also included, Love Deluxe and It'll Be Me Bade, both of them great tracks, but I would defy anybody hearing them for the first time to identify the artists! The final vocal track is from Specs Appeal: Don't Throw It All Away is a truly beatiful balad. It could have been our Eurovision entry, but ended up as a hit single for somebody else.
The remainder of this album represents the Shasdows instrumentals at their best. Not the sacharin coated covers they became known for in their later Polidor years, but truly original, sometimes sweet, sometime gutsy and ocasionally quirky instrumentals which I have always considered to be some of their very best. There are 8 tracks from RWCL, 6 from Specs Appeal and 5 from Tasty.
If you only ever buy 3 Shadows albums, buy one of the many Greatest Hits collections, Shadstrax (which covers nearly all of their Polydor originals, mainly b sides), and this one. Truly The Shadows at their best!


Redemption
Redemption
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gospel from the heart, 28 Jan. 2014
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I first came accross this gospel gem on Youtube, and toyed with the idea of purchasing the album from which it comes. Johnny Cash, can be an aquired taste however, and the unplugged, stripped down nature of the album, combined with Johny's vocals is probably best appreciated when taken in small doses. Gospel songs by country singers are often a wishy-washy affair. Not so here. Johnny sings from the heart and it's obvious that he believes every word. The gospel he presents here is no easy, inoffensive, cosey quick-fix: The 'Tree of Life' grows from the blood soaked ground, 'I clung to the tree and was redeamed by the blood.' This is not popular theology today, (especially in the UK), but neverthyeless entirely orthodox.


I Want You
I Want You
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ralph sings Dylan, 11 Jan. 2014
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Ralph has recorded a number of Bob Dylan songs during his carear, and this is his second attempt at 'I want you'. The first was a big production number on the album, 'Water of Dreams', but this is much simpler, with just voice and piano. Both versions are done much slower that the original Dylan rendition, losing the final verse along the way. Available only as a download, this is a worthy addition to anybody's collection.


Running From Home
Running From Home
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gem., 11 Jan. 2014
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This is a real gem from Ralph Mctell. Not available on any of his own albums, but recorded as a tribute to the late Bert Jansch on the compilation album People on the Highway, it is everything you might expect from Ralph. Bert was Ralph's own hero, and the respect he has for the man shines through on this recording. Recorded simply with guitar and double tracked voice, if you're into Ralph, then this song is a must for your collection.


Victorian London Street Life in Historic Photographs
Victorian London Street Life in Historic Photographs
by J. Thomson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleased to own it again!, 4 Nov. 2013
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Street Life in London (to give it its original title) was first published in 1877 in 12 parts, and then in an abridged version (with fewer photographs) as Street Incidents. My Great Grandfather's copy of the latter sold at a well known London auction house for four figures, about two decades ago. Ever since then I have been on the lookout for a good facsimile to replace it, so was delighted when I happened accross this very nicely priced edition. Of course you can never really replace an original so cheeply. My Great Grandfather's copy was a hard back, with gold embossing on the cover; this is a thin paperback. On the plus side however, the text pages of the original were of extremely poor quality paper and had become brittle. Every turn of the page ran the risk of damaging it. No such problems with this addition. One slight disapointment is that the photographs are reproduced in black and white. The original 'Woodburytypes' (an early photomechanical process), were a rich brown colour. Early photographs always look better when reproduced in the original sepia tones; to do this however involves printing in colour, with substancial increase in costs. Still, I'm glad I bought it, though for the reasons stated it can not be regarded as a true facsimile.


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